New Orleans, LA -- Derek Carrier '12 is set to hit the big stage.
The former Buccaneer wide receiver was promoted from the San Francisco 49ers practice squad to the active roster on Saturday for the teams' game at New Orleans on Sunday (Fox, 3:25 p.m.)
He was signed by the 49ers on September 3 of this season after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles.
A two-time All-Midwest Conference wide receiver, Carrier rewrote the receiving section of the Football Record Book in his four seasons with the Bucs, setting all-time marks for catches (189), yards (3,111) and touchdowns (29). He also broke his own single-season marks in 2011 for catches with 75 and yards with 1,250 while tying his own record with 12 touchdowns. His 88 points his senior season were the fourth most in a season. Carrier had 15 100-yard plus receiving games in the last three seasons, including seven in 2011. In addition to his All-MWC honors, he was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Private School Player of the Year following his senior season.
The 6'4, 241-pounder originally entered the NFL ranks in April of 2012, signing as an undrafted free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders. He spent training camp with Oakland that year, and was later released on August 31. Carrier was then added to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on September 11, 2012. He was signed by the Eagles on December 31 following the season, only to be released the next August, when he signed with San Francisco.
Under the current NFL roster guidelines, Carrier is the first Beloit player to be on the active roster for an NFL regular season game.